Cleveland Browns: Any interest in Chris Harris?
The Cleveland Browns need a cornerback and Chris Harris from the Denver Broncos has asked to be traded. Should there be some interest here?
The Cleveland Browns haven’t been shy at all about making big moves ever since John Dorsey the job as general manager in December of 2017. As far as trades go, the biggest he made came this offseason when he landed Olivier Vernon and Odell Beckham, Jr. from the New York Giants — but he may not be done yet.
In need of a cornerback to start opposite second-year cornerback Denzel Ward, there has been endless speculation about them targeting such a player in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, there’s no guarantee that Dorsey and the Browns will get whoever they covet since they don’t own a first-round pick thanks to the trade for OBJ.
They could try and make a move up the draft to land a player they want, or they might even consider landing a veteran such as Chris Harris who recently requested a trade from the Denver Broncos.
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A four-time Pro Bowl player, the 29-year old Harris is looking for a new deal but has apparently hit an impasse with his current team. As soon as this rumor hit social media, the speculation began about whether or not the Browns should be interested.
While it’s easy to say yes because of his play, the fact that Harris needs a new deal should give pause — especially given his age and contract demands which are near $15 million per year according to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com.
"“Harris wants at least $15 million per year on a new deal, Palmer added. Such a contract would make Harris the highest-paid cornerback in AAV in the league; Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is the leader in 2019 at $15 million a year.” — Bergman, NFL.com"
Landing Harris would surely solidify the Browns as AFC North favorites but they would have to be willing to bring him in as a one-year rental and not someone who they would be willing to pay that kind of money.
For Harris, this likely wouldn’t keep him happy either which means this may be one call Dorsey doesn’t want to make.